Fractal Design Debuts Define Mini Micro-ATX Enclosure

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Come to think of it, it has been quite some time since we have seen a PC enclosure that truly blew us away. Thermaltake's Level 10 will always hold a special place in our hearts, but outside of that, the custom enclosure market has been a little more quiet than usual. Thankfully, Fractal Designs is kicking the new year off with a bang. The new Define Mini is a smaller version of the Define R2/R3 case. This is a Micro-ATX version, meant to satisfy the needs of PC builders with minimal space to give up. It's also focused on keeping noise to a minimum, so it may be better suited as an HTPC than a gaming rig.


There's a patent pending feature that stands out: ModuVent. This allows you to choose whether to have fan slots in side and top panels open or not, which makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence, as well as the performance hungry ones. The outside is obviously a sleek black hue, and it's equipped with dense noise absorbing material on the side panels. You can also fit up to six HDDs in here, so it may just be the perfect server box with flair. The rest of the specifications are below, but unfortunately no price is given.


Launch of Define mini  - A new generation of style!


As the name implies, Define Mini is the smaller sibling of the acclaimed and award winning Define R2/R3 case. Being a Micro ATX version of Define R2/R3, it offers a number of interesting functions with a very stylish appearance. It’s a case focused on low noise level, without neglecting other important features such as cooling, expandability and ease of use. The Define Mini excels in including a lot of features in a small size!

The Define series is reaching new heights in combining stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features. The minimalistic, yet stunning front panel design, fitted with noise absorbing material on the inside, creates an aura of exclusivity.

The patent pending feature ModuVent™, in which you can choose whether to have fan slots in side and top panels open or not, makes the case appealing for users seeking optimal silence, as well as the performance hungry ones.

The sleek black interior is matched with pre-fitted, dense noise absorbing material on the side panels, efficiently absorbing noise and vibrations. You can fit an astonishing total of six(!) hard drives into this case, using the user friendly HDD-trays. All painted in a nice white color and using black silicone mounts. PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case, with a convenient pull-out filter beneath it.

Are you one of those users always ending up with a case full of tangled cables? No more. The Define Mini offers a convenient and good looking way of hiding them away. The motherboard has rubber covered holes in which you can easily route the cables behind the motherboard.

Key features
 §  Stunning front panel design
 §  Patent pending ModuVent™ design, allowing the user to either have optimal silence or optimal airflow
 §  Pre-fitted with dense, noise absorbing material
 §  6(!) white painted HDD-trays, with silicone mounting
 §  A total of 6 fan slots (2x120mm in front, 1x 120/140mm in top, 1x120mm in back, 1x 120/140mm in side panel,1x
Specifications
 §  6x 3,5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
 §  2x 5,25 inch bays, with 1x 5,25>3,5 inch converter included
 §  On top of front panel: 2x USB2, 1x USB3 and Audio I/O
 §  No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
 §  M/B compatibility: Mini ITX and Micro ATX
 §  4+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
 §  Supports graphic cards with lengths up to ca 260mm when removable HDD-bay is in place
 §  Supports graphic cards with lengths up to ca 400mm when HDD-bay is removed
 §  Supports CPU coolers with height of ca 165mm
 §  Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location.  
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This looks fantastic.  I think these guys really know what a quality and simple design is.  Hats off to fractal design, they will probably be my next case (Define XL.)

I'm a strong believer in function over form and so the hd drive orientation of this rig doesn't cut it for me.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Jan 1 2011 11:49 AM

this is a nice looking as well as seemingly very functional htpc/mini case, I really like the ventilation offerings. The internal layout seems very promising to, I do wonder what size GPU will fit comfortably, but for an HTPC it looks like most would fit. I like the wire pop out CPU aperture, and detail they seemingly paid to the interior of the case. As far as it goes the hard drive direction I am pretty sure could be modified to front facing if so desired. The one thing about the hard drive placement is it is pretty much the universal standard except in a smaller number of cases really.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 1 2011 6:58 PM

I agree with mental: Looks fantastic.

Mental: What is it that you don't like about the hd orientation? Airflow?

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jan 1 2011 10:34 PM

Gotta agree this is a nice case ,well designed and functional ,& found this info that the upper HD cage is removable and rotatable in another review.

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3vi1:

I agree with mental: Looks fantastic.

Mental: What is it that you don't like about the hd orientation? Airflow?

Yup, airflow.  I personally don't think you need to access hard drives that easily for a rig that will be an everyday go to rig.  Maybe if you constantly test parts that would be helpful.  I just can't justify the poor airflow with the drives that are left empty.  However, it appears that those hd bays are removable, granted not individually, they were still thinking about resolving the issue.

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Aggiton replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 10:24 AM

Looks nice but I don't think it is a worthy replacement of my modded ThermalTake Lanbox Lite.

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Looks like a great little case. They put a lot of effort into their cases, the interior looks good for not having any side windows. It's just a bit too small for my needs. @rrplay good find about the upper hard drive cage being able to rotate. I like the cases that feature that option. I would just completely remove the upper cage from this case, I don't have 6 hard drives.

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